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San Francisco 49ers player Chris Borland is retiring from the NFL after a single season to avoid potential brain injuries. Some see this as the beginning of the end of football's popularity.

The highest minimum wage in the nation just went into effect in Oakland, Calif. But what does that mean for young people and how are businesses making it work?

Three spices that grow on the island of Zanzibar are so common they might be flavoring your morning cup of coffee. But vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg have very different origins.

County jails that send inmates far away to serve short-term sentences can be a cost-saver to local governments. But it could have major consequences when prisoners are released.

The rules are aimed at limiting the amount of hazardous pollutants coming from coal and oil-fired utility plants. They're being challenged by industry groups and more than 20 states.

Police departments around the county are under pressure to diversify. In Oakland, Calif., officials say police-community relations also might improve by increasing the number of cops who live there.

Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley is retiring after 10 terms. "I sought this job ... mainly to help build a bridge between the African-American and the white community," he says.

General Motors and Volkswagen are closing plants there and laying off workers. Economic problems have led to an estimated 35 percent drop in the once-booming Russian car market.

Cuban baseball has been struggling. A lack of money means facilities are in disrepair. Defections mean some of the best players have left. But new relations with the U.S. may mean new opportunities.

The plane, an Airbus A320 run by a subsidiary of the German airline Lufthansa, went down with 150 people aboard. French President Francois Hollande voiced fears that there would be no survivors.

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